Georgia College & State University

Georgia College & State University (Georgia College or GC) is a public liberal arts university in Milledgeville, Georgia. The university enrolls approximately 7,000 students and is a member of the University System of Georgia and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Georgia College was designated Georgia's "Public Liberal Arts University" in 1996 by the Georgia Board of Regents.

Georgia College & State University
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Former names
Georgia Normal and Industrial College (1889–1922)
Georgia State College for Women (1922–1961)
Woman's College of Georgia (1961–1967)
Georgia College at Milledgeville (1967–1971)
Georgia College (1971–1996)
TypePublic liberal arts university
Parent institution
University System of Georgia
Endowment$45.5 million (end of FY 2019)[1]
PresidentCathy Cox
Administrative staff
606 (2019)[2]
Location, ,
United States

33°04′53″N 83°13′50″W / 33.08139°N 83.23056°W / 33.08139; -83.23056Coordinates: 33°04′53″N 83°13′50″W / 33.08139°N 83.23056°W / 33.08139; -83.23056
ColorsBlue and green
AffiliationsUniversity System of Georgia
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Students pursue majors and graduate degree programs throughout the university's four colleges: College of Arts & Sciences, J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, John H. Lounsbury College of Education, and College of Health Sciences. Georgia College Athletics' 11 teams compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference.


Georgia College was chartered in 1889 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College. Its emphasis at the time was largely vocational, and its major task was to prepare young women for teaching or industrial careers. In 1917, in keeping with economic and cultural changes in the state, Georgia Normal and Industrial College was authorized to grant 4-year degrees, the first of which was awarded in 1921. In 1922, the institution's name was changed to Georgia State College for Women. The university has been a unit of the University System of Georgia since the system's founding in 1932. Mary "Flannery" O'Connor entered as a freshman in 1942. Active in student publications, she graduated three years later and became one of the South’s most noted writers. Also during World War II, Georgia State College for Women served as one of four colleges that trained WAVES for the U.S. Navy. After the war, enrollment declined as women preferred co-educational colleges. The name was changed to Woman's College of Georgia in 1961, and, when the institution became coeducational in 1967, it became Georgia College at Milledgeville. The name was shortened to Georgia College in 1971.[5] In August 1996, the Board of Regents approved a change of name to Georgia College & State University, and a new mission as Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University. [6]


Terrell Hall

The central campus comprises about 43.2 acres (174,000 m2) in the center of Milledgeville, near the grounds of the former state capitol. The campus contains buildings of red brick and white Corinthian columns, representative of those constructed during the pre-Civil War Antebellum period, when Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia. Bell Hall and Russell Auditorium are credited to architect J. Reginald MacEachron. Atkinson Hall (1896) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other historic buildings on the campus include Sanford Hall (1938), Russell Auditorium (1926), Ina Dillard Russell Art Museum (the original section of the library) (1932), Chappell Hall (1963) (on the site of an earlier Chappell Hall built in 1907), Parks Hall (1911), Terrell Hall (1908), Maxwell Student Union (1972), Beeson Hall (1937), Porter Hall (1939), Lanier Hall (1926), Ennis Hall (1920), and Herty Hall (1954 and expanded in 1972).[7]

Most of the university's residence halls are located a block from central campus along with the sports complex, called the Centennial Center. The Old Governor's Mansion is also within walking distance of the residence halls and front campus. West Campus, a 500-acre (2 km²) extension two miles (3.2 km) from the central campus, contains The Village student apartments and athletic fields. In addition, GC operates a large recreational area on Lake Laurel (approximately 5 minutes from the central campus) which is used by students in the university's Environmental Science and Outdoor Education programs.[8]

The university library houses the manuscript collection of author Flannery O'Connor, an alumna of the university, and of U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell, whose career included serving as director of the Peace Corps when the Berlin Wall fell.


Known as the Georgia College Bobcats, the college is currently a member of NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt Conference. Georgia College sponsors varsity teams in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, golf, dance team, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball, men's and women's esports and collegiate bass fishing.[9]

Student lifeEdit

Student housingEdit

Georgia College provides housing on campus for students. Students have the option to reside either in a suite-style residence hall on Central Campus or in an apartment at The Village on West Campus.[10]

Greek lifeEdit

Georgia College has a Greek system with over 21 sororities and fraternities under various councils.

College Panhellenic CouncilEdit

Interfraternity CouncilEdit

United Greek CouncilEdit

Student Government AssociationEdit

Georgia College's Student Government Association (SGA) serves the campus community by addressing student concerns, promoting understanding within the college community, and administering all matters which are delegated to the student government by the university president. The responsibility for the governing of the student body is vested in the students themselves. All students are members of the SGA upon their enrollment, and officers and senators are elected on a yearly basis.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rankings: Georgia College & State University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  2. ^ "IPEDS Data Center". Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  3. ^ a b c "Layout 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  4. ^ Archived January 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Our heritage and history". 24 August 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ "About Georgia College". 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  7. ^ Name origins and brief histories of Georgia College buildings Archived 2013-12-31 at the Wayback Machine Georgia College Buildings
  8. ^ "Location". Location. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  9. ^ "GC Bobcats". Gc Bobcats. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Central Campus Residence Halls". Central Campus Residence Halls. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  11. ^ Staples, Gracie Bonds. "This Life: Author's dark tales an escape from darkness in her own life". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  12. ^ "Sherrilyn Kenyon: Bestselling Alumnus | Her Campus". 13 April 2013.

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